I Quit Sugar {A Review}

Several years ago I quit sugar, or more accurately I stopped eating anything with any type of refined sugar/sweetener. I used raw honey in baking, and saw a huge reduction in my seasonal allergies.  I still have them, and they are still bad but not at all like they were.

I’ve been curious since then about how my body acts and reacts to different foods. The commercial touting the greatness of HCFS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and equates it with sugar is laughable. Your body does not metabolize all sugar the same way.

The more highly refined sugars are worse for your body.  HCFS, table sugar, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, stevia, Splenda, aspartame, Sweet’N low, Nutra-sweet etc are all man-made, over-processed, fake-food sweeteners deemed to be “good” because sugar is evil. If sugar is evil, those sweeteners are the spawn of satan.

I’m not here to get into all the evils of refined, processed (and over processed) food, or food-like substances. I’m here to talk about Sarah Wilson’s book, I Quit Sugar.

Sarah has a whole 8-week complete detox program designed to rid your body of sugar cravings, to recalibrate your system. She found it takes about that long cleanse your body of sugar.

My experience was that it did not take near that long. But I have one caveat.

I eat fruit.

With Sarah’s plan, you do not eat any sugar at all. That includes no fruit.

At first I was taken aback by this and was sure I was going to hate the book. I don’t hate the book.  I think some of what Sarah says is at best misguided. She equates fructose (sugar found naturally in whole food fruits) to be as evil as refined white table sugar.

That simply is not the case. God made fruit and fruit is full of good nutrients your body needs.

I have a couple of things to say about fructose. Yes, it is sugar. Yes, God made it. No, it is not processed into refined sugar.  If one took the fructose found in say apples and processed it to refined sugar…it would be bad. But eating an apple is not bad. It’s healthy.

“In nature, sweet tastes usually came from seasonal raw fruit, rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.” (from It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, page 31)

So I say eat fruit.

Sarah also says “Sugar is sugar” and that is only partly true. Again, how our bodies processed sugars is not all the same.  She recommends when you’ve completed the 8-week detox you use brown rice syrup as a sweetener.  It is, according to her book, “made from fermented cooked rice…is a blend of complex carbohydrates, maltose and glucose”. In my research, brown rice syrup is the same as refined white sugar. She also recommends using stevia. Now one book I read says to eat food with few ingredients all of which you can easily pronounce. That means stevia is out because the only thing easy to pronounce is the name. It (again according the I Quit Sugar book) is made from stevioside (300 time sweeter than sugar) and rebaudioside (450 times sweeter than sugar). You can get this in a liquid or mixed with erythritol to form granules.  (From I Quit Sugar, page 43)

So I say, eat fruit.

With all of that. The book is a great, easy read. And the program has worked well for many people around the globe. I did not have the opportunity yet to try any of the recipes, but they all look really good! And I do plan on trying them. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.  You can find more information on the I Quit Sugar 8-week detox program here.

 

This week….

I had such grandiose plans for this week. It was vbs week at church and three-fourths of us were involved in helping. One-fourth of us decided the best way to help was to stay home and out of the way, thereby giving her plenty of time to deep, deep clean her house and declutter.

(Have you ever noticed decluttering is a full time job? The more you do it, the more you have to? Its like all your stuff sees items leaving and decides they need to reproduce like dust bunnies? )

Monday started off super. I ran/walked 3 miles, mowed the yard, and managed to get the laundry done.

Tuesday I borrowed a friends trampoline and jumped for 10 minutes. I wanted to run, but my stupid shoes gave me a blister. It seems I ran around a lot, but I can only think of two errands.

Wednesday, ran the family to vbs, again jumped, ran back to get the 11.5 year old from vbs so she could go to ballet class. I sat in the van and crocheted while twinkle toes did her dance.

Thursday; walked to friend’s house to jump, set off their home security alarm. Played with their cat, walked back home and crocheted some more.

Today is Friday…we’ll see if I get any more housework done. I have a mental list of what needs done but the sun is shining and warm. All I want to do it read and/or crochet outside.

Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini {A Review}

I am not The Pioneer Woman. I’m not even a pioneer woman.  What’s more I don’t want to be a pioneering woman. There was a short time in my life when I did aspire to be one, it was during my Laura Ingalls Wilder phase. But even then in the back of my mind was the horrid thought of “they didn’t have french fries.”

I am indebted to those who have gone before and paved the way for me to have the modern conveniences and niceties. I would not have wanted to be in their shoes for the most part. I do sometimes sit and wish I could have experienced the massive changes they lived through. I wish I had their work ethic.

I do long for a simpler way of life. And as the economy continues to change and drop, I desire a more self-sustaining way of life. I want to be able to grow my own vegetables, and make what I can with what I have.

That is why I picked up the book, Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini. This book is full of over 150 recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life. There is nothing in this book that anyone could not make using items you probably already have.

She tells you the easiest fruits and vegetables to grow. how to make a raised bed, how to use vaseline to “distress” wood. how to make beeswax candles, how to turn a glass bottle into a drinking glass, how to make almond milk, cold brewed  iced coffee, how to season and clean cast iron.

One chapter is entitled “Earth to Table Eating” and tells you how to eat a rose. Yes, eat one.

If you are at all interested in a self-sufficient way of life, this is the book for you.

 

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books  for the purpose of review.

Summ-Summ-Summertime

Today is supposed to be in the upper 80s, and to that I say “Bring it!” I celebrated by doing this:

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That is my “yard waste” container. It was empty when I started. And I mowed my grass last week..sometime.

Here is a difference between Mr. FullCup and myself. He asked me last night how I was going to spend my morning alone (it’s vbs week at my church), I replied, “Run, mow the grass, do laundry, drink coffee, clean the house….”
Him: Does the grass *need* mowed?
Me: Uhhhh yes, yes it does.
Him: I think it looks fine.
Me: You’d be surprised….

 

Samantha Sanderson: At the Movies

(NOTE: I myself have not read this book. You see my 11 year…err 11.5 year old daughter yanked it nicely out of my hand as soon as it was opened and I have only seen it in her hand. And I heard her giggling over it and exclaiming happily, “I LOVE this BOOK!” So here is her review.)

I love this book because it is very well written plus it seems like the sort of thing that really could happen. The only problem was that it had a lot of typos in it. Other than that, it was excellent.

Samantha, Sam yearns to be the chief editor of her middle school newspaper, and when she gets a job reporting on the bombing of their local theater it seems the perfect opportunity to prove her skills. But with the current editor-in-chief threatening to remove her from the case, Sam’s articles have to be new and fresh every day. But she may have signed up for more than she bargained for when the theater owner threatens to sue, and a suspect becomes determined to trample her father’s reputation.

Suddenly Sam has to unmask the real villain before her stores turn the whole town at odds. Will the culprit be put to justice before it’s too late?

(Okay, back to me. Samantha Sanderson At the Movies is written by  Robin Caroll and is available at Christian bookstores near you. Or you could probably find it online. I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review. No children, books or bugs were harmed in the making of this review.)

Need help?

Moms are an interesting lot. We have a constant fear of failing  hanging over our heads. We’re pretty darn sure we’re warping our children for life, and will indeed spend billions of dollars on the million hours of therapy our children will need. We’re desperate for help as our hope drains to nothing. But we’re so darn stinking afraid to ask for the help we need. We don’t want anyone else to know we’re screwing up, lost hope around the time our children came home from the hospital, or if we’re lucky at least by their first birthday.

We don’t share our struggles for a number of reasons. We judge our inside by someone else’s outside. We look at other moms and how they act/interact with their children and automatically conclude she has it altogether and would never in a million years understand our struggle.

We fear rejection and judgement. If someone knew our struggle, or knew what our child was doing, or is really like they would think twice about associating with us. Maybe we think this for good reason. Maybe we have experienced this. Or maybe we felt this way when we heard of another mom’s struggle.

We measure ourselves and always come up lacking. We lack mercy, grace, love, knowledge, skills to name a few.  I fear our social media society makes it entirely too easy to judge and utter hurtful words to each other.

I know I am not alone in struggling with raising my children. Children who are born with the same sin nature we all have. Children who don’t always follow the plan. Children who don’t always follow God like we would like. Children who act in ways we don’t want other parents to know because we fear how their behavior reflects on us.

We all struggle with being a Bad Mom.  But we aren’t alone! My friend, Kathi Lipp has written another stellar book.  A book that offers hope and encouragement to every Momma in the trenches. Please don’t let the cover photo make you think it is only for Mommas of young children, this is a must read for Mommas in every stage of mothering.  We all struggle. And we all need help and hope.

And we all need friends who are willing to offer that help, to infuse us with hope. We all need to be those kinds of friends.

This book is jam-packed with real life stories, with real-life struggles. With real hope.

This is not a “how-to have perfect children” book. This is a book filled with grace and love for when we do mess up, for when our children don’t go according to plan (and really who’s children do?)

Take it from me, another Momma in the trenches, go to amazon.com and order this book. I will warn you, the response has been amazing lately and they have trouble keeping this book in stock so you better order it sooner rather than later.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review.